The Wheeling Lions Club was organized on January 6, 1922 and chartered by Lions International on January 18, 1922. The Wheeling Lions Club is the second oldest club in Multiple District 29 and the first oldest club in District 29-L.
Lion Charles H. Watkins was instrumental in organizing the Wheeling Club and was chosen as its first president. Charter members include:
J. P. Altmeyer Dr. R.U. Drinkard Wilburt S. Miller
A.O. Anderson Rev. W.H. Fields Arthur J. Mills
Edward A. Arkle Stanley Floyd R.L. Plummer
J.E. Armstrong Fred H. Frazier T. Harvey Pollock
Roy M. Ayers M. F. Giesey Albert B. Powell
Royal L. Barrows E. A. Graham Dr. O.L. Richmond
Melville Blum W. H. Green James B. Riley
Marcus O. Bond H. P. Hauman George W. Row
Robert E. Bowie J.N. Hendrix Walter G. Sadler
Wm. J. Braddock Dr. A. W. Higgins B. Howard Schlain
W. L. Bradshaw N. L. Hoge J. M. Sheppard
J. J. Brockardt Otto Jaeger G. O. Smith
Hal W. Campbell H. L. King Dr. R. J. Snider
Edgar Charnock L. C. Knee T. J. Straight
Harry T. Clouse Russell. L. Law E. V. Sullivan
Max Crone R. I. McKelvey H. L. Trussell
M.J. Cullinan Dr. J.E. Marschner C. H. Watkins. Jr.
Joseph Curl D.K. Matheny Marsh Watkins
Edwin W. Dawson Dr. W.F. Maury John H. Welty
W. A. Dorsey J.R. Mess E.C. Whitehead
John M. Dean E.R. Metzner F.M. Williamson
W. B. Downs W. G. Yates
The Wheeling Lions club has been honored with the selection of nine District Governors and one International Director from its membership. They include:
Lion Roy P. Herold PID Lion James N. Hendricks Lion William J. McCurdy,
Lion William H. Mader Lion Charles P. Montgomery Lion Edwin B. Van Lynn,
Lion Fredrick G. Weime Lion Robert L. Jefferson Lion James Klages
It has also had the privilege and honor of sponsoring the formation and organization of Lions Clubs in: Elm Grove, Follansbee, McMechen, Moundsville, Valley Grove, Warwood, Wellsburg, and South Wheeling.
During the 90 years of its existence, the Wheeling Lions Club has been increasingly recognized as an essential service club in the community. The Wheeling Lions was the first club to collect “old gold” eye glass frames and use the proceeds from the frames for its sight programs. We continue to recycle used eye glasses with over 4000 collected each year. We have donated testing and other sight related equipment to Ohio County Schools and West Virginia Northern Community College and supply eye exams and glasses to approximately 300 people yearly in the community. We also provide hearing exams and devices to those in need.
It was the first service organization in Wheeling to participate in the Salvation Army Christmas Kettle drive. We continue this service as well as Christmas Stockings for the Salvation Army, Easter Seals “Cookie Caper”, Feed the Hungry program at St. Luke’s, Laughlin Chapel after school program, Heritage Trail clean-up, and eye equipment for WVU Children’s Hospital.
For many years the club sponsored a West Virginia/Ohio All-Star Basketball Game as a fund raising project. Our current fund raisers include: Spaghetti Dinner, Steak-Fry, Golf Scramble, and Reverse Raffle
For many years the Wheeling Lions honored law enforcement officers with a testimonial dinner. Today, we honor the school nurses in Ohio County with a luncheon and gift of appreciation; the Peace Poster Contest winners with a luncheon, savings bond, and plaque; and the Eye Glass recycling sites with a luncheon and certificate.
We promote the youth in the community by sponsoring two LEO Clubs, at Wheeling Park High School and Wheeling Middle School. We are also Partners in Education with Wheeling Middle School.
The current officers and members of the Wheeling Lions Club continue to serve the City of Wheeling and surrounding Ohio County Community. We continue to define the motto “WE SERVE” through our time, talents, and gifts.
Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization with more than 1.4 million members in approximately 46,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world.